At Groymoor Institute Ffl.. May 27.1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Unity talks feature Christians, Jews, Muslims The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 210116th St., received 40 young people Into membership Sunday, May 22. Pictured above, back row, from left, The Rev Don Laue, David Keddingtoo, Mark Prall, Brad Laue Jim Rauh, Kyle'Wilhelm, Todd Hart, Eric Aas, Russ Gale, David Bagley, Greg Jamieson, and Steve Burgeu. .Third row, Alan Green, Glen Sanders, Gary Lakdn, Ron Rusch, Bryan Tointon, Received info membership Jim Witwer, and Jeff Foose. Second row, Steve Noe, Dean Andersen, Ann Wheeler, Penny Rudislll, Cary Leffler, Allison Irwin, Lynn Ward, Sue Pierce, Alice Conn, Julie Moeer, Becky Brigham, and Cindy Macy. Front row, Pamela Koplilz, Sarah Phelps, Carrie Tarver, Susan Lundeen, Robin Ruyle, Cheryl Murphy, Kathy Allnutt, Lynn Duncan, and Jody Olsen. Not pictured is Bob Morton. Through 'God and Country 1 training By DAVID E. ANDERSON DPI Relljiton Write Graymoor Institute, the ecumenical center of uie Atonement Friars, has been struggling with the issue of religious unity for the last 75 years. But nowhere in its history has it had a program quite like the one it held early in May: a dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims. While all three of those religions share a common heritage--they are all "People of the Book" and of one God -relations between them through time have been more fraught with tension, misunderstanding and perhaps even mutual hatred. This is particularly true of the relations between Jews and Muslims. Two recent examples point this up. In Washington, in March, a group of Hanafi Muslims took over three buildings, including the headquarters of B'nai B'rith. The release of the hostages was aided by the intervention of three Muslim ambassadors. When B'nai B'rith honored the ambassadors who negotiated the release, some elements of the Jewish community were sharply critical - in part because of the political realities of Jewish-Muslim tensions in the Mideast. The second flap came when Andrew Young, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, compared Arab hatred of Israel to Ku Klux Man hatred of blacks. Twenty Arab ambassadors shot back a reply differentiating between Judaism and Zionism (the movement to create a Jewish homeland) and said they considered Judaism a "sacred" religion. American Jewish leaders responded to the Arab assertion by calling it a "decit" and "hypocrisy." "If Judaism was a 'sacred religion,'" asked Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, "why were Jews prohibited from worshipping at the Western Wall from 1948 until the unity of Jerusalem was restored by Israel in 1967?" He said the Arab League's differentiation of Judaism and Zionism "recall (he hypocrisy of those who love humanity but hate people." It is within this kind of context that the Graymoor Institute held its tri-faith dialogue. The Rev. Arthur F. Gouthro, director of the Institute, however, suggested that it is precisely because of that kind of context and because the .world is increasingly interdependent that the dialogue must be pursued. "Because of this new situation for humanity it is not either safe nor practical any longer to ignore one another," he said. "Conflagration is on the immediate horizon otherwise." Much of the basis for the dialogue between the three faiths is, of course, their common heritage.; Monika Hellwig,. associate professor of theology at Georgetown University, underlined four "common points of departure": "our shared understanding of the One God," the assumption that history has a goal in the salvation not only of the human spirit but the world, the vocation or choseness of the community, and the common heritage of "biblical lore and spiritual ancestors." She suggested that an ongoing dialogue between the three faiths might begin by exploring the biblical notion of the covenant or alliance of God with the people. "Inasmuch as all three traditions own and understand this language of the covenant, it seems to provide an appropriate arena for an exchange of the alternative interpretations of the history of salvation," she said. There were no theological breakthroughs at Graymoor. Tensions and misunderstandings still remain. It is significant, however, that the long overdue dialogue has been initiated. Boy Scouts of America rebuilding its religious traditions By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - In the midst of all the peer pressures, come-on appeals, pop fads and persuasions, "How do you respond? It is your life! What anchor points hold fast?" . .That's one of the questions raised for analysis by young people' in a newly developed "God and Country" training course of Scouting, U.S.A., aimed at revitalizing the reli- gious dimensions of the movement. That aspect "had become pretty much a dead letter, in effect, and we're now rebuilding it," said LeRoy W. Nattress Jr. of Chicago, chairman of the national Church Commission on Scouting. "We anticipate a high degree of recouping.". In that effort, religious principles are presented as a stabilizing ground for which a young person can evaluate the mixed, conflicting pressures of the modern environment and make sound decisions shaping his life. "As you have outgrown childhood ... you are faced with the heed to plan, to make decisions," says a training guide. "You also are facing pressures and persuasive arguments which test the values and morality which you accept." The issue thus becomes whether you cave in, or have a basis for convictions that holds steady, it is pointed out, with the. outcome determining whether you fulfill your own selfhood or fall victim to sur- rounding influences. That's only one' example, however, of the many growing- up issues put before high school-age. Explorer Scouts in the advanced phase of the new program, which also includes earlier stages for Cub Scouts (9 and 10 years old) and for scouts (11 to 14). The new program, unlike its dwindling predecessor, enlists participation both by parents and church counselors as well as by the youths working to master it: "It builds supports back in the family, bringing out dis- cussion of questions that parents have been avoiding with their young," says Nattress, 44, an educational psychologist. "It makes for new understanding and restores a link in the family in a time when families are and the parents are obliged to involves regular interchange deal with them openly. That a with parents but also with "Wehaven't expected enough fay to this whole series -- a church counselors, utilizing the hightened level of conversation church community to replace between kids and their par- the extended family of aunts, ents." uncles and grandparents that in , . t h e past buttressed the parents The training format not only and children. disintegrating all around us." of parents," Nattress says. "With a program like this, the expectations are more and the parents are living up to them. The kids are asking questions Sherwood Park Baptist receives new pastor The Rev.. John Rasko oj Lewistown, Mont., has accepted the call to Sherwood Park Baptist Church, 3333 16th St. Rev. Rasko delivered his first sermon May 15 at his new church. Rev. Rasko attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minn. He received his B.A. in the social sciences, secondary education, at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan. At the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Ore., he received his Master of Divinity degree with a pastoral major and wide exposure to Christian education. Rev. Rasko and his wife, Freda, have one daughter, Cameo. 250 persons to serve as Crusade counselors NEW MINISTER- The Rev. John Rasko, his wife, Freda and their daughter, Cameo, have accepted a ministerial call to Sherwood Park Baptist Church, 3333 16th St. Some 250 persons are. expected to serve as counselors during the upcoming Billy G r a h a m E v a n g e l i s t i c Association "Excitement '77" crusade, June 3-12 at Butler- Hancock Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus. Those who apply to serve as counselor are being asked to A CALL TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF GOD Madeline Murray O'Hare is at it again. Several years ago she succeeded in making it illegal to read the Bible or pray prescribed prayers in public schools. Now she is trying to stop the mention of God and prayer on television. This includes the Sunday morning worship services, specials, or any other religious programs. Many sick, elderly and shut-in people depend on radio and television to fulfill their worship needs. Mrs. O'Hare will succeed again if the people of God do nothing. A federal hearing will be held in Washington soon to consider this matter. Send your letter of protest to the address below or use the following protest form. Be sure to place the following petition number (RN2493) on your envelope and in the letter. Mrs. O'Hare has 27,000 skjnatures on her petition already so please send in your protest today. HERITAGE BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH 203iSh Street, Greeley Colorado endorses this protest. The Federal Communications Commission 1919 M. Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20554 Petition Number RN2493 Dear Sir: I support the right of any human being to express his or her faith in God and the Bible without fear of censure, any time and any place. I further support the right of continued religious broadcasting by means of radio and television. Sincerely, NAME ---- . ADDRESS - attend one scheduled rehearsal class where they will learn procedures and techniques for counseling at the Crusade. This .class is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the Sunny View Nazarene Church, 4100 W. 20 St. Function of these counselors will be to stand beside those who come forward as inquirers during the Crusade meetings, seek to assist them in their spiritual need, provide them Christian literature, and record information for follow- up referrals to the local churches. Â· Lewis Blanchard, Billy G r a h a m A s s o c i a t i o n representative who is acting as Crusade coordinator, said, "The excellent attendance at the Christian Life and Witness classes indicates a great potential for outstanding Crusade meetings in June." 'Jubilee' to perform at Eaton "Jubilee," a group of five college age singers, will present their final concert at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church, Third and Maple. . The group will sing selections from arrangements by Truth Paul Johnson and Jeremiah People. Members of the group are Dean Anderson, Don Donahoo, Bob Haun, Becky Howe, Barb Gross, and Cheryl Keesor. "Abiding Faith," a group of seven high school and college age singers, will also perform. They are Cherri Carlson, Ginger Carlson, Margret Green, Kristic Gustafson, Dick Carlson, Javan Olloson, and Jim Tormey. Motorcycle ministry The Rev. Thomas C. Pitman sits aboard his "Gospel Goose" in front of his church at Crawf ordsville, Ark. Instead of traveling to frontier communities of the Old West, he'll find his congregation at motorcycle rallies. He's joining the Christian Motorcycle Association. (AP Wirephoto) Christian artists to gather at Estes this summer ESTES PARK -- A large gathering of the world's leading Christian Artists will take place here July 31 - Aug. 6 at the Third Annual Christian Artists Music Seminar in the Rockies. Nightly praise concerts are expected to draw standing- room-only crowds to hear such performers as The Imperials, Walter Hawkins and The Family, Ken Medema, The Hawaiians, Evie, Dino and Debby, John Fischer, Barry McGuire, Bob Ralston, Honeytree, Larry Norman, Truth, Danniebelle, The Pat Terry Group, Chuck Bolte and The Jeremiah People, Sharalee, Larnell Harris, Gloria Roe, The Continental Singers and Orchestra, Paul Johnson, and many other well- known personalities. Â· Leading the daily seminars will be Ralph Carmichael, Hal Spencer, John W. Peterson, Jerry Lucas, Kurt Kaiser, Rick Powell, Jimmy and Carol Owens, Thurlow Spurr, Jesse Peterson, Cam Floria, Don Marsh, Martene Craig, and Bob Benson. Conferees will choose from some 75 different subjects. Reading sessions will be hosted by most, of the leading publishers of gospel music. Twelve to 15 companies will present new material. Competitions for vocal and instrumental soloists and small and large groups will be held throughout the week. At least five previously unknown artists were signed to recording contracts from last year's competition. And a New Artists Showcase will be held each day. Information concerning the Seminar may be received by writing Christian Artists Corporation, P.O. Box 1984, Thousand Oaks, California, 91360; phone (805) 497-9444. Six youths confirmed Six young people were confirmed during the morning worship service Sunday, May 22, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1800 21st Ave. Pictured above, back row, frpm left, Pastor Robert Voss, Gary Rosin, Dan Lauridsen, Greg Ncaly and Pastor James W. L. Keller. Front row, Steven Hamilton, Linda Simpson and Ron Hunter.
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